From Rev. Wright to favorite political blogs, from cogent analysis of Barack Obama’s victory to one wrong prediction about a gay marriage proposition — cast your eyes on the 10 most popular stories this year from the Election 2008 Web site. And look for the site to be reborn in 2009 as USC’s Politics and Society.
1. A Look at Voter Turnout
October 31, 2008
USC’s Dan Schnur weighs the significance of early voting surges for Election Day numbers — and explains why polls may be underestimating turnout from young voters and African Americans. USC’s John Matsusaka adds that Democratic turnout could be a boon for progressive ballot measures.
2. Top 13 Political Blogs
April 18, 2008
The gems of the blogosphere: Martin Kaplan of the USC Annenberg School for Communication offers a baker’s dozen of his favorites.
3. Obama and the Pastor: A Question of Faith, or Race?
March 20, 2008
Diane Winston of the USC Annenberg School wonders why Barack Obama’s religious connections are scrutinized more closely than those of Hillary Clinton and John McCain. A look at the case of Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
4. Proposition Triple-Header To Fill California Ballots in 2008
January 25, 2008
As California voters head to the polls on Tsunami Tuesday, they’ll decide on more than just presidential candidates. They will face a slew of ballot measures this year, weighing issues ranging from gambling to education spending. USC’s John Matsusaka offers an overview.
5. How Does the U.S. Election Affect Latin America?
January 11, 2008
Golden silence: Our foreign policy may improve if certain issues aren’t discussed on the campaign trail, argues scholar Abraham Lowenthal.
6. Nov. Initiatives and the Presidential Race
August 15, 2008
The big story for ballot propositions this year is the surge of social issues. The spending focus that usually predominates will take a back seat to social agendas, with intriguing potential spillovers onto the presidential election. From gay marriage to abortion, USC’s Initiative & Referendum Institute maps the landscape.
7. 13 Lucky Political Theme Songs
July 11, 2008
Jerry Del Colliano of the Thornton School of Music constructs a score for this year’s campaign season.
8. Election Day Resources
October 31, 2008
A guide to the availability of USC experts on Election Day, a viewing party and forum on campus, and student broadcasters’ live coverage.
9. Campaign Strategy: Why Obama Won and McCain Lost
November 7, 2008
Patrick James of the USC College offers a play-by-play on the tactical decisions in each camp that led to Barack Obama’s victory. What did Obama do right? Did choosing Sarah Palin cause John McCain’s defeat? James also sketches a roadmap for Obama — and the smarting Republican Party — as they look ahead to 2012.
10. Same-Sex Marriage
October 17, 2008
Proposition 8 is likely to fail, making California a bellwether for acceptance of gay marriage, according to the Initiative & Referendum Institute.